Your advise would be very much appreciated. I have the opportunity to buy one of 2 2nd hand bikes.
One is a 2007 Trek Fuel EX 9.0 - carbon frame, full XT, Talas RL fork, RP23 shock - well used but recently had new rings, cassette, bb, chain, pivot bearings - it would be £1000
The other is an almost new 2010 Giant Anthem X4 - only been used a handful of times - this would be £850
I've test ridden a 2009 Anthem X3 and loved it so I know I'll enjoy that bike but the Trek is very tempting for it's better spec.